Saints See Mistakes as Reason for 2-4 Start
Saints see mistakes as reason for 2-4 start
The Associated Press Oct. 20
SAN ANTONIO (AP) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â When the New Orleans Saints make mistakes on the football field, they're big ones.
Atlanta scored 14 points on returns of a fumble and a blocked field goal in the Falcons' 34-31 victory over the Saints on Sunday. Those types of monumental errors have saddled New Orleans with a 2-4 record for the third consecutive season.
"We gave away 14 points in a way that should not happen to a football team, Saints receiver Joe Horn said. "We always stick a knife in our foot.
"Other teams say 'Let's not be fancy and maybe the Saints will do something to let us win the football game.' It's unfortunate."
The Saints are in the top 10 in the NFL in total offense but last in the league in turnover margin. The Saints have lost the ball 19 times and created only eight turnovers. That's the worst deficit in the league by three turnovers.
New Orleans is on a pace to pick up 341 first downs, which would break the franchise record by 26. But the team also is on a pace to commit a franchise-record 157 penalties (129 last year is the record).
Three teams in the NFL have committed more penalties this season than the Saints.
Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks said the havoc in the team's schedule that started with Hurricane Katrina displacing the team to Texas is partly to blame. The team has practiced mostly in the Alamodome, where the playing field is now off limits because houses are being built on the stadium floor as part of a home builder's convention.
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